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A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2016/17 is now available on the BRS websites

Concept notes for voluntary financial contributions 2016-17 now available

Concept notes for voluntary financial contributions 2016-17 now available

 

The Secretariat hands over the signed BRS Geneva Gender Parity Pledge to Mr. Michael Moller, UNOG Director General.

Geneva Gender Parity Pledge

Geneva Gender Parity Pledge

 

The Secretariat is calling for applications by 26 November 2015 for two consultancies: one to assist the Implementation and Compliance Committee with its work on the control system, the other on the matter of the review of the Annexes to the Convention. Please view the Secretariat’s Communication and the terms of reference for the consultancies.

Consultancy announcements

 

The Secretariat has been made aware that emails were recently sent using abusively for instance the name of the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions or other staff as its author, a misleading sender’s name, or a misleading email address. Please read the Secretariat’s communication about this issue.

Abusive emails

The Secretariat has been made aware that emails were recently sent using abusively for instance the name of the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions or other staff as its author, a misleading sender’s name, or a misleading email address. Please read the Secretariat’s communication about this issue.

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Now online: pre-session documents, including budget documents for consideration by the COPs

Now online: pre-session documents, including budget documents for consideration by the COPs

Pre-session documents for the three COPs, including the proposed programmes of work and budgets for the conventions for 2018-2019, are now available.

Now online: pre-session documents, including budget documents for consideration by the COPs

Now online: pre-session documents, including budget documents for consideration by the COPs
 
Regional BRS Preparatory Meetings scheduled to ensure efficient COPs

Regional BRS Preparatory Meetings scheduled to ensure efficient COPs

With financial support from Switzerland, parties will consult regionally at preparatory meetings organised in March in Bangkok, Dakar, Riga and Sao Paolo.

Regional BRS Preparatory Meetings scheduled to ensure efficient COPs

Regional BRS Preparatory Meetings scheduled to ensure efficient COPs
 
Technology Fair to showcase solutions at 2017 Triple COPs

Technology Fair to showcase solutions at 2017 Triple COPs

Parties and observers, including from the private sector are invited to exhibit solutions at the BRS Technology Fair, which will be held on the margins of the COPs from 27 to 29 April 2017.

Technology Fair to showcase solutions at 2017 Triple COPs

Technology Fair to showcase solutions at 2017 Triple COPs
 
Latest regional focus takes us to Pretoria, South Africa

Latest regional focus takes us to Pretoria, South Africa

The Director of the Basel and Stockholm Regional Centre for anglophone Africa, Taeolo Letsela, shares his thoughts ahead of the 2017 Triple COPs.

Latest regional focus takes us to Pretoria, South Africa

Latest regional focus takes us to Pretoria, South Africa
 
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Webinar on “Chemical alternatives for a HBCD-free future”

Come and learn from two producers of significant alternatives to HBCD containing products, commercially available, how viable these solutions have been so far. The objective of this webinar is also to discuss the availability and effectiveness of these solutions, four years after the listing of HBCD in Annex A to the Stockholm Convention, in 2013.

Webinar on “Chemical alternatives for a HBCD-free future”

Webinar on “Chemical alternatives for a HBCD-free future”
 
What role for the private sector in implementing the chemicals conventions?

Maria-Cristina Cardenas is the second in our “Countdown to the COPs” series as UNEP’s expert-of-the-day.

What role for the private sector in implementing the chemicals conventions?

What role for the private sector in implementing the chemicals conventions?
 
Webinar on “Environmentally Sound Disposal of PCBs: a case study in Turkey, Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina”

The objective of this webinar is to share the experience on how to effectively and safely treat (pre-treatment and main treatment) and eventually dispose of PCB containing wastes, gained in the implementation of a PCB destruction project in the Mediterranean Region. The project was implemented by the Stockholm Regional Centre in Barcelona (SCRC and SCP/RAC) and the UN Environment Mediterranean Assessment and Pollution Control Programme (MED POL).

Webinar on “Environmentally Sound Disposal of PCBs: a case study in Turkey, Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina”

Webinar on “Environmentally Sound Disposal of PCBs: a case study in Turkey, Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina”
 
Online briefings on the upcoming meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

The online briefings will provide Parties representatives, observers and other stakeholders with an overview of the issues that will be considered by the next meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions to promote the “Sound Management of Chemicals and Wastes” for a “Detoxified Future”. Ministers will gather during the high-level segment to provide overall policy guidance and political leadership for renewed commitment to the implementation of the conventions.

Online briefings on the upcoming meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

Online briefings on the upcoming meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions
 
New Deputy Executive Secretary for the BRS Secretariat

The BRS Secretariat welcomes Carlos Martin-Novella as Deputy Executive Secretary. Mr Martin-Novella, previously at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), replaces Kerstin Stendahl, who joins IPCC, as of 1 January 2017.

New Deputy Executive Secretary for the BRS Secretariat

New Deputy Executive Secretary for the BRS Secretariat
 
Basel Convention workshop on environmentally sound management delivers tools for hazardous waste management

Expert Group finalizes practical manuals on Extended Producer Responsibility, financing systems, and guidance on the prevention and minimization of waste.

Basel Convention workshop on environmentally sound management delivers tools for hazardous waste management

Basel Convention workshop on environmentally sound management delivers tools for hazardous waste management
 
Strengthening Basel implementation and supporting Ban Amendment ratification in the Maldives

With funding from Switzerland, a national consultation on the Basel Convention and facilitation of entry into force of the Ban Amendment in the Maldives was held 9-10 January 2017.

Strengthening Basel implementation and supporting Ban Amendment ratification in the Maldives

Strengthening Basel implementation and supporting Ban Amendment ratification in the Maldives
 
Webinar on “Environmentally sound management of PCBs: a case study on PCBs handling in Turkey, Egypt, Bosnia & Herzegovina”

The objective of this webinar is to share the experience on PCB handling, gained in the implementation of a PCB destruction project in the Mediterranean Region. The project was implemented by the Stockholm Regional Centre in Barcelona (SCRC and SCP/RAC) and the Un Environment Mediterranean Assessment and Pollution Control Programme (MED POL).

Webinar on “Environmentally sound management of PCBs: a case study on PCBs handling in Turkey, Egypt, Bosnia & Herzegovina”

Webinar on “Environmentally sound management of PCBs: a case study on PCBs handling in Turkey, Egypt, Bosnia & Herzegovina”
 
Focus on regional implementation switches to Africa

Find out more about the work of the Basel and Stockholm Regional centre in Pretoria, South Africa.

Focus on regional implementation switches to Africa

Focus on regional implementation switches to Africa
 
The Journey for an Integrated PCBs Sound management in Egypt, Turkey, Albania and Bosnia & Herzegovina

The objectives of this webinar are to provide guidance to Parties on how to enhance their current PCB inventories, raising awareness of existing guidance materials on the environmentally sound management of PCBs in the context of PCB destruction projects in the Mediterranean region.

The Journey for an Integrated PCBs Sound management in Egypt, Turkey, Albania and Bosnia & Herzegovina

The Journey for an Integrated PCBs Sound management in Egypt, Turkey, Albania and Bosnia & Herzegovina
 
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